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Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm PST
the vatican that pope benedict xvi will re-sign at the end of the month? the pope says he no longer has the strength to carry out 0 the job. joe rosato jr. spoke to san francisco's controversial archbishop who knows the pope well. >> reporter: shortly before pope benedict was archbishop of san francisco salvator met with the pope. >> he was mentally alert and engaged in conversation, but he seemed to be fiphysically hurti. >> reporter: still, he never expected to hear the history making news pope benedict was stepping down. >> i was just as shocked as anyone else. i hadn't heard raw morse rumors speculation. >> reporter: he watched popes live longer and the stresses of the job grow harder. >> there are greater demands placed on the pope now and going forward living for a longer time. it's a different dynamic now. >> reporter: he says pope benedict's tenure was especially stressful with the church embroiled in the sex abuse crisis, and though the church's critics will likely disagree, he believes pope benedict will be remembered for his courage to address it. >> he was one of the leading
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Feb 11, 2013 5:00am PST
benedict xvi who will be stepping down february 28th. reporting live here in san jose, bob redell, "today in the bay." >> all right. going to expect a lot of reaction from that one. >>> 5:02 right now. good morning one and all. thank you for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. we're also following developing news this morning out of southern california where the search for christopher dorner enters a new week. the former los angeles police officer continues to allude authorities, he may be getting something he wants. "today in the bay's" marla tellez joins us in the newsroom to explain. good morning. >> over the weekend lapd announcing a $1 million reward being offered for arrest and conviction of christopher dorner. now police chief charlie beck saying this is the largest local reward ever offered. several hours after making that statement sunday, tense moments at a lowe's store where two people thought they spotted dorner. the store was evacuated but police say it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. the search for dorner continues to focus on the area aroun
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Feb 28, 2013 7:00am PST
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
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Feb 17, 2013 11:00pm PST
more progressive than benedict. >> i think that it's good he decided to resign if he feels like hs aging enough that he can't be in control of the p church and divisions and put someone in significantly younger and have more of a heartbeat of the younger generation and what might matter to them move forward. >> among the candidates, one from the philippines recently said the church should listen more and admit its mistakes. it's unlikely the new pope will be from the united states. >>> beautiful day for a trip to the beach. it's still february. this is what it's going to look like tomorrow. it's not going to look this way in the early part of the workweek. >>> meteorologist is tracking a major change coming up in the forecast. >> i don't think it's going to include many beach days. forecast today, cooler than saturday's 70-degree high temperatures. santa cruz, a lot of sunshine. 57 in fremont. here is what lies ahead in the forecast. cold trough of low pressure dropping in on us. right around this time tomorrow night. clouds are filling in. we'll see rain and we'll see wind. that's
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Feb 11, 2013 4:30am PST
, everybody. we take you live to vatican city where a major announcement came down today. pope benedict xvi announcing he's stepping down as of february 28th. he's emphasizing that carrying out the duties and rigorous schedule was too much for his health. the pope is 85 years old. making a move well news resonating all over the world. we'll continue to have more information on this one as it comes in. it's 4:54 right now. >>> changing stories, a 6-year-old show dog from danville wrapping up his career at the westminster dog show. people love this one. the pooch is named max and he's wracked up so many victories he's the nation's number one standard schnauzer for 2012. he won 38 working group last year. this will be his last time at the westminster competition competing over 2,700 dogs. you have the treadmill going with the little legs. a bowl of food there. 2,700 dogs from all over the country compete in this one and some of them will travel abroad. good looking stuff there. >> want to go outside and sniff like another dog? >> it's tough being on top of your game like that. people all over
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Feb 27, 2013 11:00pm PST
. to offset the cost, they are considering charging a small fee to walk across the bridge. >> pope benedict xvi is marking final hours as the leader of the catholic church. this is live pictures from the vatican where it is thursday morning. crowds are gathering to be part of this historic time. he reassured he is retiring, but not abandoning them. >> in just a few hours, pope benedict xvi will meet with cardinals who will choose his successor. there appears to be no front runner to replace him. >> ooze as painful as anything can possibly be. i could never imagine. >> their lives have never been the same. only on nbc bay area, the families of victims killed in a mass shooting revealed new information they say could have stopped a gunman. >> a unique school and nothing you can do to get suspended or expelled. the different way this school is treating students. >> a firefighter is accused of threatening coworkers and stealing from his department. what he is facing. >>> storming into an employee meeting in october of 2011 and opening fire, killing three coworkers and wounding others. now widow
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Feb 28, 2013 6:00am PST
. he will continue to wear white but he will not be allowed to wear those pontiff red shoes. benedict has pledged his unconditional reverence and obedience to his successor, and the cardinals will meet again on monday, march 4th, to continue the process of choosing that successor. and we'll have much more on this in a live -- with a live report from rome at 6:50 this morning. for now, live in san jose, i'm arturo santiagsantiago. >>> a solemn day in santa cruz as the police officer mourns two of their own killed in the line of duty. this morning flags statewide are flying at half-staff by order of the governor to honor the two fallen officers, sergeant lauren baker, father of three and detective elizabeth butler, mother of two. today a memorial continues to grow outside of the santa cruz police department where many officers will return to work today after taking a day off to grieve. ♪ amazing grace a highly emotional time for the officers who must now try to get back into work as usual while grieving the deaths of their colleagues and friends. today in the bay's bob riddell live at
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Feb 11, 2013 11:00am PST
: -- he, too, was taken aback by the news that pope benedict would be stepping down february 28th for health reasons. >> we we saw him in rome in october, we realized how frail he's becoming. i think it's a courageous act on his part. >> reporter: the 85-year-old pope had been considering resigning for several months because he's tired, having trouble walking and had recently been advised by his doctor not to embark on any more trans-atlantic flights. the pontiff released a statement that reads in part, quote, after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry. >> i'm very disappointed because, in my lifetime, every pope has followed the natural path of dying and then electing a new pope. >> that's kind of sad that he has to go, but you know, at least he realizes that he can't continue. >> most of the news people were saying, well, he's a rottweiler pope, well, no, he wasn't. he was a pope who spoke on love. and he has a strong legacy
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Feb 28, 2013 5:00am PST
death later today. >>> pope benedict xvi is finishing up his final hours as head of the cath lish church. in just a few hours he'll officially step down. earlier this morning he met with cardinals at the vatican taking a moment with each of them. soon he'll hop on a helicopter and leave vatican city. arturo santiago is live in san jose with a look at what's next for the pope. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, marla. the pope's final historic day is already well under way at the vatican. he's saying his final farewells, and he's pledged his unconditional reverence and obedience to his successor. well, this morning the pope met with more than 100 cardinals who will elect the next pontiff. san francisco archbishop salvatore corleone is among them. benedict dregreeted them and ur them to work in harmony for the good of the church. at 11:00 pacific time, the pope's retirement takes effect and he'll leave the vatican for a 15-minute helicopter ride. at 11:30 he's scheduled to appear on the balcony. he'll be referred to as pope emeritus and will continue to wear white but no longer the r
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Feb 23, 2013 6:00pm PST
st. peter's square to hear pope benedict's last sunday mass. crews preparing for the large crowd. 2,000 security cameras have been installed throughout rome, many focused on the vatican. civil defense volunteers, police officers and paramedics will be stationed in st. peter's square and streets leading to the vatican. pope benedict plans to retire on thursday and most of the church cardinals will gather to choose the next pope. this is the first time in 600 years that a pope has resigned from the position. >>> with less than a week left, lawmakers on capitol hill are expressing pessimism toward the sequester. governors are calling on elected leader to avoid across the board cuts that could hurt the economy. if congress can't find middle grounds, the first things to slash are military and defense budgets. it is not looking good. >>> a day away from the night of the oscars. >> technicians and crews spent the day preparing for the awards show. the red carpet in place in front of the dolby theater, full sized statuettes are standing guard. they will be hosted by seth macfarlane and dani
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Feb 11, 2013 7:00am PST
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
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Feb 27, 2013 7:00am PST
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
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Feb 12, 2013 11:00pm PST
new information tonight about pope benedict's decision to step down and what is ahead of the the 85-year-old pontiff. still no official reason for the pope's sudden retirement, but they do believe his health and age were a concern, citing the fact that he felt he could no longer continue his duties. the vatican, however, says the decision was made about a year ago before a recent surgery. pope benedict's resignation has several bishops around the world wondering if there is a precedent being set allowing future popes to follow suit. the pontiff's future plans include living at a monaçtery inside the vatican. now, tomorrow he'll preside over an ash wednesday mass. a large crowd is expected as it will be his last public mass. >>> it is a sensitive and polarizing debate on many college campuses. the price of competing in big-time athletics hurting the academic bottom line? a growing number of critics say yes, and they point to uc berkeley as the example. nbc bay area stephen stock teamed up with the investigative reporting program at cal in search of answers. stephen, what did you fin
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Feb 25, 2013 11:00am PST
for the end of march. >>> in his final days leading the catholic church pope benedict changing the rules on how a new pope is elected. card nals will now be allowed to start that process prior to the usual 15-day transition period. also today britain's highest ranking catholic leader stepping down in the wake of misconduct allegations and will not be part of the upcoming election. anne thompson has more from the vatican. >> reporter: even in his final days as pope, scandal continue to dog his papacy and the church. headlines of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehement denies. american cardinal roger mahoney has so far ignored calls to stay home from the conclave to choose the next pope because of his conduct about abusive priests. >> if someone has erred in some way or another it doesn't stop their judgment in other matters. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shake the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of th
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Feb 28, 2013 4:30am PST
to you guys. >>> pope benedict xvi is spending his final day as the head of the roman catholic church. right now he's meeting with those who will choose his successor. live pictures from vatican city this morning where the pontiff offered prayers for the cardinals as they work to choose the next pope. pope benedict greeted each cardinal individually thanking them for their service. just a few hours from now, at 8:00 our time, he's going to leave by helicopter for castle g gandolfo. he's the first pope to resign in 600 years. cardinals will meet monday to set up the rules for the conclave. at 5:00, we'll have live reports from the bay area and from vatican city as catholics from here and around the world react to the pope stepping down. >>> 4:33 now. flags are at half-staff in santa includes and across california as the community mourns the loss of two police officers. funeral plans are now under way for sergeant lauren "butch" baker and detective elizabeth butler. last night friends, family and strangers came together to honor the officers who will be remembered for their passion, the
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Feb 22, 2013 11:00pm PST
to prop 8 which will be heard on march 26th. >>> also at 11:00, insight why pope benedict is stepping down. he made the decision after the internal investigation into the scandal at the vatican. among the things exposed in the 300-page report is blackmail and sex scandals at the vatican. the pope plans to hand over the report to the successor. >>> theless lesist is growing. 32-year-old katrina fritz was arraigned on murder and robbery charges today. detectives claim she is a prostitute who frequently was hired by the victim. ravi kumra was killed last november. fritz's brother is one of the three men charged in the case. another suspected prostitute, raven dixon is also charged. >>> police in pleasant hill began investigating 37-year-old jason pedrosia of having sex with underage girls. police say it happened at the lesher center for the arts. he was fired in november. he also worked at a ballet school. >>> she is back in the headlines and back in hot water. tonight, the woman at the center of the wendy's chili finger case is in trouble with the law again. she hid her face from us when sh
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Feb 23, 2013 5:00pm PST
slain girlfriend speak out for the first time. >>> pushing back. as pope benedict prepares to step down, the vatican lashes out over media reports and speculation on why he's retiring. and about some of those who might replace him. >>> and, shaking it up. on how a song makes it to the top of the charts. some say it's about time. >>> good evening. we begin with a developing story from daytona beach, florida, where late this afternoon a race car smashed into the fence and sent debris flying into the grandstands. it happened on the eve of the daytona 500 on the final lap of a nationwide series race. at least a dozen people were injured. nbc's janet shamlian is in daytona with the latest. janet, good evening. >> reporter: lester good evening to you. yes, this was a jaw-dropping crash and it happened right
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Feb 24, 2013 6:00pm PST
benedict's last audience. he addressed the crowd from the window at the vad can. this will the last sunday from him. look at that crowd. >>> and people at st. francis church in the city had mixed reactions to the pope's resignation today. >> i think they would pick a younger, a younger candidate to take over so he can serve for a much longer time than this one did. >> i've given it soumsome thought, i just think, these are changing times. i just think we have to accept change. >> you know, i'm sorry to hear that the pope is leading. he was a great pope. i'm looking forward to the new pope. i pray for the new pope and the old pope. >> the church cardinals will gather in march to choose the next pope. >>> people who live in newtown, connecticut, are working to archive the tens of thousands of letters and cards of condolence sent. town leaders say about 175,000 pieces of mail came flooding in after 20 children and 6 educa r educators were killed at sandy hook elementary school. archive volunteers hope to put images of the mail online. handwritten notes. organizers say going through the cards
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Feb 17, 2013 7:00am PST
's square for one of pope benedict's last public appearances before he retires. this morning the pontiff gave his second to last blessing before leaving the papacy at the end of the month, addressing the crowd from his window at the vatican. he asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope and thanked the crowd in a number of languages. a conclave of cardinals will secretary a new pope perhaps as soon as holy week. one of those retired roger mahoney. despite allegations of hiding sexual abuse by priests, mahoney is still considered a priest in good standing and under the age of 80. those factors make hill one of only 11 american cardinals to have a vote for the next pope. at the last con careful, bernard law faced the same criticism and still cast a vote in the selection of pope benedict. >>> new this morning, a number of people killed in a bombing at a popular market in pakistan continues to increase this morning. officials say more than 80 people are now confirmed dead and nearly 200 more are injured. it destroyed shops and causing a two story building to collapse leaving be
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Feb 25, 2013 6:00pm PST
and internet. rethink possible. >>> in just three days pope benedict xvi will formally resign and as he prepares to step assign 11 u.s. cardinals are preparing to vote for a new pope, among them a former san franciscoian cardinal. another representative who will be attend that go conclave. kris sanchez has more. >> reporter: at 13 tim says he was raped and abused by his parish priest. as cardinals head to rome to select the next pope, he does not want retired cardinal roger mahoney to be among them because of his role in shielding pedophile priests. >> those kind of officials, no matter what institution, should not be part of the process of any decision of the hierarchy. >> reporter: but cardinal mahoney of los angeles has said he would not recuse himself from the conclave and he has the support of former san francisco archbishop laveda who departs for the conclave himself tomorrow. >> he is the first one to have said and apologized for the error in judgment he made as a young bishop 0. >> reporter: saturday cardinal mahoney was deposed in a lawsuit out of l.a. alleging he helped cover
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Feb 23, 2013 7:00am PST
in a few minutes. >> thank you, rob, see you in a bit. >>> new insight this morning into why pope benedict may be stepping down. the respected italian newspaper reports the pope made the decision after getting the results of an internal investigation into scandal at the vatican. among the things reportedly exposed in the 300-page report, blackmail, corruption and sex at the vatican. the newspaper says the pope ordered the investigation last may after his butler was arrested. the pope plans to personally hand over the report to his successor. meantime there is a mounting pressure in the u.s. and italy to keep cardinal roger mahoney away from the conclave to choose the next pope because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests. the associated press is reporting that italian newspapers have profiled cardinals whose presence at the conclave would be "an embarrassment to the vatican." among them are irish cardinal sean brady, and belgian cardinal godfried daniels. the cardinals that will elect the next pope are said to be more conservative than the ones that elected pope benedict back
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Feb 24, 2013 7:00am PST
gathered in st. peters square to listen to pope benedict's final sunday blessing before he retires later this week. ♪ >> people in the crowd cheered, long live the pope, as he addressed them in a number of languages. in his address, the pontiff said he was not abandoning the church and would continue to serve it with the same dedication. he also thanked the people for their gratitude, affection and prayer. pope benedict will make his last public appearance on monday before retiring on thursday. the first pope to do so in hundreds of years. >>> a developing story on the search for two missing tourists. the couple was last seen almost a month ago. friends and family of 25-year-old garrett hand and 27-year-old jamie neal are getting more concerned by the hour. "today in the bay" spoke with one of the co-workers and has the latest. >> she's all about biking and biking as a way of life. >> reporter: friends say jamie neal was thrilled to set off on a biking trip of a lifetime with her boyfriend, garrett hand. the couple left for south america last november for a five-month adventure. an adv
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Feb 26, 2013 7:00am PST
? >> all right, al. thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, pope benedict xvi, or roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, well, they go. he will have to switch to brown shoes. we understand he'll wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in a british newspaper sunday that o
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Feb 13, 2013 7:00am PST
on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cats will accompany him. no word yet on whether there will be a piano as well.
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00am PST
spokesman says pope benedict xvi will play no role in picking the successor. the pope was fitted with a pacemaker and had no impact on the pope's decision to step down. >>> president obama will deliver the state of the union address tonight. the topics he'll discuss will include immigration, gun control and job creation. we'll have complete coverage of the state of the union on nbc bay area news at 5:00 followed by "nightly news" and the state of the union starts at 6:00 tonight and we'll again have a complete wrap-up on nbc bay area news at 11:00 and we'll talk about it tomorrow morning where we hope you will join us again starting very early. 4:30. >> intriguing to watch this. two rebuttals. republicans and tea party. full board of politics. >> as it always is in washington. thanks for joining us this morning. we'll be back at 7:25 with a local news update. >> enjoy the great weather. have a good one. we'll see you tomorrow. >>> good morning. breaking news. overnight north korea con kukts its most powerful nuclear test yet. the white house calling it highly provocative on the d
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Feb 25, 2013 6:00am PST
. >>> this morning pope benedict xvi is changing rules of the conclave that will elect his successor. it will move up the date that the conclave can start as all cardinals arrive in rome before the usual 15-day waiting period. the pope delivered his time blessing on sunday at st. peter's square. the pope said he would continue to serve the church in retirement. britain's top cardinal is resigning as archbishop due to a misconduct scandal. he says he'll skip the conclave that will elect the successor to pope benedict xvi. three priests have filed complaints to the vatican accusing o'brien of misconduct. the specifics have not been released publicly. >>> the school has made massive cuts in an effort to try to keep its accreditation and stay open. student protesters say they want a say in those cuts. >>> final tests are under way for a pair of new tunnels near the treacherous stretch of highway 1 known as devil's slide. the area south of san francisco has been a constant problem over the years collapsing into the ocean nine times since it was first built in 1937. the two new mile long tunnels are design
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Feb 26, 2013 6:00am PST
this morning, we now know what the outgoing pope will be called during retirement. pope benedict xvi will be known as emeritus pope and he'll go by your holiness benedict xvi. the pope made the decision himself. the pope is stepping down officially this thursday. >> cool. you can decide. >> call me your holiness. whatever he wants, he gets. >> he's the big daddy. >>> hewlett packard ceo meg whitman joined a group of republicans breaking from the party to support gay marriage. >> scott mcgrew says she's been pretty hard to pin down on this issue. >> she's held a number of positions. good morning. as ceo of ebay, she was for benefits to domestic partners, which at the time in the 1990s was progressive. her views moved right when she ran for governor of california as a republican. at that time she supported prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and woman. she's hoping the supreme court will strike down prop 8. whitman joined a number of republicans in filing a court brief urging the supreme court to strike that prop down. that brief also signed by former president george w. bu
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Feb 24, 2013 6:00am PST
filled st. peter's square for pope benedict's final blessing. four days he will step down as head of the catholic church. the vatican is dealing with new allegations today involving one of its cardinals. anne thompson has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. it's a mixture of joy and intrigue here in vatican city. this morning catholics and the curious jammed st. peter's square to hear pope benedict's final blessing. this got not only a blessing but the pope also shed light on why he resigned. god had called him on the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation but he wasn't going to abandon the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said that god had had asked him to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so more in a way appropriate to his age and strength. now, this very joyous event took place against a background of scandal. there are new headlines in britain this morning, three priests and a former priest accused the scottish cardinal keith o'brien of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. they want cardinal o'brien to resign
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Feb 23, 2013 5:00am PST
forecast. eri erica. >>> pope benedict met italy's leader five days before he steps down. there is speculation about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson has more from vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. all kind of chatter at the vatican where pope benedict is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for its final two events. meanwhile ther meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion, like who will lead the church, that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles for his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting obama administration con ra sepgs coverage mandate. this week he was depossessed about how he dealt with abusive prie
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Feb 12, 2013 7:00am PST
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
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Feb 25, 2013 7:00am PST
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
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Feb 18, 2013 7:00am PST
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00pm PST
and that does include what apple does. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass as leader of the catholic church today. dressed in the traditional papal robes, the pope came had in on a wheeled platform. he presided over an ash wednesday mass at st. peter's basilica. the mass was moved to make room for the larger crowd that was expected after the pope announced that he's retiring on february 28. a conclave will start some time between march 15 and march 20. >> stopping the spread. still ahead, the unprecedented discovery in the bay area. >>> also, music meets nature. a story of a concert that is about to end. we'll have that coming up. >>> and i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. a lot of sunshine today including some hazy conditions and expected air quality on moderate levels for thursday. if you have respiratory problems, maybe a tough day for you. we'll let you know when rain moves in and could clear this out. >>> a new sars-like virus is being reported. researchers expect it can spread from person to person. the virus causes severe respiratory illness, fever, and co
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Feb 27, 2013 5:00am PST
in the line of duty. very good morning to one and all. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm marla tellez. pope benedict xvi making his final appearance before he steps down. >> this is video of him arriving this morning in the famous pope mobile. tomorrow will be his last day before he retires. >> maryann was there to see the pope's final audience. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's been an emotional send-off. the pope spoke to the crowd thanking them for his prayers. speaking of the joy and light of his papacy but at the same time recognizing there's been difficult times. he thanked them all for understanding this difficult decision to retire. it's just basically unheard of. it's been nearly 700 years that a pope has stepped down, walked away from the job. but he said being the pope means the courage to take difficult decisions. he was realistic, spoke of the turbulent seas and rough winds. realizing that the church is going through various stages of crises. perhaps 86 years old the pope didn't have the stamina to continue. >> all right. no way to tell exactly right now. what's the vibe out the
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Feb 14, 2013 5:00am PST
at rome, italy. that's vatican city. a few days ago pope benedict xvi announced he's retiring to the surprise of many around the globe. we'll step down officially at the end of this month and that is when the procession will begin it find his replacement. that would actually be a nice trip for valentine's day. a little rome in your future. 5:41. >>> a nightmare vacation is soon coming to an end for thousands of passengers and crew members of a damaged cruise liner. the ship will arrive at a port in mobile, alabama, soon. that's where jay gray is for us live. he has the latest on the troubling story. not a good way to take a vacation. >> reporter: you talk about a trip to rome, that sounds wonderful. this trip has been a nightmare for more than 3,000 passengers. 1,000 crew members stranded at sea. the ship being pulled in at 7 miles an hour. expected to arrive this afternoon. when it does, there will be family members waiting to greet some of those who come off the ship. they've already been milling around at the port today just waiting anxious as you might imagine. the rest of
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Feb 21, 2013 7:00am PST
week we'll be live at the vatican as we have the final days of pope benedict, and we'll be there at the final public outing and take a look at what is next for the world's more than 1 billion catholics and who may be his successor. that's all next week on today. >> a lot of interesting stories there. we'll go back inside to natalie morales with a check of headlines. >> good morning, everyone. as many as 30 million americans are in the path of a major winter storm that brought snow and high winds to southern arizona on wednesday and forced the first ever suspension of mass play at the world golf championship. heavy snow is causing dangerous white out conditions in kansas and nebraska and hundreds of flights have been canceled. a stunning development today at the bail hearing for south after an olympic star oscar pistorius. prosecutors reveal the lead investigator in the murder case against pistorius is himself facing seven attempted murder charges over a police shooting in 2011. meantime nike said today it has suspended its contract with pistorius accused of gunning do
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